Did You Get The Memo? Buying into Medicaid, air pollution alerts and microhydropower

Did You Get The Memo? Buying into Medicaid, air pollution alerts and microhydropower

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would allow Pennsylvania residents to buy into Medicaid, start a microhydropower pilot program, and establish a notification system for large air pollution events.

Friday, November 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
State Rep. Austin Davis introduced legislation raising fines for air pollution

State Rep. Austin Davis introduced legislation raising fines for air pollution

Eight months after the Clairton Coke Works fire that left Mon Valley air quality tainted, Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) announced legislation raising fines industrial sites that have exceeded pollution thresholds and mandating municipal warning systems. 

Believing that the Coke Works fire, which took place in his district, was caused in large part by negligence, Davis said he felt that legislative action was necessary to prevent further damage to the surrounding area. 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning

Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning

Legislators in both the House and the Senate are calling for Pennsylvania to address an issue that often flies under the radar and affects residents from inside their own homes — lead poisoning.
 
The issue gained prominence in this year’s round of Senate budget hearings, as the Wolf Administration renewed calls for universal lead testing in children in an effort to better identify and treat cases of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania. Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Department of Health, called upon lawmakers to pass legislation to require lead testing for all children in the state. Wolf made the same request in 2017, but bills in both the House and Senate failed to gain enough traction to make it to his desk. 
Monday, April 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators look to require lead testing in Pennsylvania schools

Legislators look to require lead testing in Pennsylvania schools

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers re-introduced a bill Tuesday that would require all schools in Pennsylvania to test for lead, after a report card from PennEnvironment gave the state an “F” grade for its response to lead in school drinking water. 
 
House Bill 930, sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna), would require annual testing of all water outlets used in schools for drinking and cooking, require all testing results to be disclosed to parents and set a statewide standard for lead in school water to 5 parts per billion.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny)

Freshman Focus: Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny)

Meet Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny). He represents the 35th district. Find out why he decided to run for the House, what goals he has for Pennsylvania, and what he likes to do in his spare time.
Monday, October 29, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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